Machine Polish Vs Hand Polishing


So why is machine polishing even necessary? Isn’t hand polishing safer? While this is partially true in the sense that you are extremely unlikely to burn through your vehicles paint when using hand polishing, the reality is that hand polishing is actually far more likely to cause micro marring, hazing and swirling in your vehicles paint, which is the total opposite of what the process of polishing is trying to achieve. 

So what is a swirl? They have many names and come in all shapes and sizes! Some people refer to them as spider webbing or sun reflections and others cannot see them at all without having them specifically pointed out.

In order to remove a defect, we first need to be able to identify what one is and how it was caused. Swirl
marks are primarily caused by friction on the vehicles paint, this can come in the form of washing or hand polishing the vehicle, slight contaminants
introduced into the wash pad or polishing pad can cause hundreds of thousands of fine scratches in a uniform pattern consistent with how you moved the
implement over the vehicle.

As most people are taught to wash and polish using circular movements, these marks then appear as a vortex of swirls under sunlight. Only machine polishing will effectively remove these defects, as the heat and friction required can only be produced by a machine’s torque.


This is where many people shy away from machine polishing as it’s viewed as a dangerous method that can lead to over removal of paint from the vehicle. In days gone past, this was a valid concern however technology has progressed to a point where machine polishers have adapted to the types of thickness automotive manufacturers are finishing their vehicles with, and as such the enthusiast can safely remove these defects with the right product and machine at their disposal.

How the shine mate system of machines work is the use of a random orbit in addition to the circular rotation of the machines backing plate. This safely dissipates heat and friction over a larger surface area to avoid compromising the paints thickness yet still allow removal of defects that would otherwise cause your vehicle to lose it’s gloss as it stops light from reflecting the colour.